Ellie McDonald

Lead, Engagement and Advocacy

Ellie is responsible for the delivery of GPD’s advocacy and engagement activities at the global level, with a particular focus on trust and security and emerging tech.

Previously she worked in advocacy at the Equal Rights Trust, and in the law and policy programme at Article 19. Ellie has an MA in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, and a BA in History from University College London. 

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21 Aug 2023

The UN’s Cybercrime Convention: GPD calls for enhanced human rights protections

This week, states and other actors are convening at the UN’s Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime (AHC) to restart negotiations on a proposed new international convention on the use of ICTs for criminal purposes (or, cybercrime). Negotiations will be based on the recently published zero draft of the…
10 Aug 2023
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Shaky consensus at the OEWG: where next for UN discussions on state behaviour in cyberspace?

On 24-28 July, states convened in New York for the fifth session of the UN First Committee’s Open ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG), which aims to establish a common understanding of—and further develop the framework for—responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. This session marked a critical…
23 Mar 2023
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Stalemate or incremental progress: notes from the fourth OEWG session

Earlier this month, we were in New York for the fourth session of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), where all areas of the mandate (norms, capacity building, international law, confidence building measures and regular institutional dialogue) were on the agenda.This meeting comes at a time when the negative effects of…